Tag Archives: Wading Birds

Solitary Snowy Egret

Snowy Egrets are entertaining to watch as they dart about, working to stir up small fish in the water. This one separated himself from the flock of nearby Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Storks and took a short break. We are used to seeing  Great Egrets waiting this way, but generally the Snowy Egrets don’t have the same perseverance.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

A quick turn and a pounce into the water yielded nothing, this time.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Taken 7/26/2018.

Lining the Banks

Wading birds and alligators gathered along this marsh inlet as the tide was going out.

Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators

The Snowy Egrets changed position frequently, they seem happiest when flapping around. The other egrets and herons tended to stick to their claimed spot, even as the alligators passed by.

Wading Birds Lining the Shore
Wading Birds Lining the Shore

Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron,  and White Ibis shared the banks.

Great Blue Heron Surrounded by Spanish Moss

Mosquitoes had driven us from our walk around the rice field perimeter and I almost didn’t stop to photograph this stately Great Blue Heron. There was a little breeze here so I could stand for a minute and time my shots between the strands of Spanish Moss gently waving back and forth.

Great Blue Heron In Mossy Tree
 Great Blue Heron In Tree with Hanging Spanish Moss

I had taken a picture of the tree an hour earlier when we were headed out on our walk.

Spanish Moss Draped Tree
Spanish Moss Draped Tree

Green Heron

The Green Heron from Saturday’s post fished awhile then took off for more private quarters.

Green Heron Flies Away
Green Heron Flies Away

He wasn’t going very fast and he rounded the tree that up until a month ago was full of juvenile Great Egrets.

Green Heron Flies Away
Green Heron Flies Away

Green Herons are generally shy, and as expected he landed in a spot that was partly shielded from my view, which he had all to himself.

Green Heron Hiding in Spanish Moss
Green Heron Hiding in Spanish Moss

Great Egret Landing

Since the juveniles have fledged most of the Great Egret activity at my favorite swamp has been on the far side of the big pond. The water is a little shallower for hunting and I expect harbors a lot of fish. The Alligators, of course, go all over. I didn’t see this one in the Egret’s reflection until I was processing my images.

Great Egret Landing Over Alligator
Great Egret Landing Over Alligator

The distance is too far for really sharp images, but some days that’s all you see. The Great Egret wisely kept moving and then flew over a juvenile Little Blue Heron.

Great Egret Landing
Great Egret Landing

He finally touched down with a flourish surrounded by lush green swamp vegetation.

Great Egret Landing
Great Egret Landing

Green Heron Walking the Plank

We’ve had a tremendous amount of rain over the last month and the ponds are all full making wading for the short birds a little harder. A few trees have fallen into the water giving the Green Herons some nice hunting perches.

Green Heron
Green Heron

This Heron was trying to figure out to get down closer to the water, strutting along with great deliberation.

Green Heron
Green Heron

His strut gave me some nice views and when he actually got down to the water there were too many branches to get a shot.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Tricolored Heron Following the Fish

This Tricolored Heron was patiently following some small fish up the inlet. Stepping forward slowly, slowly.

Tricolored Heron on Bank
Tricolored Heron on Bank

Yes, he got a very tiny fish! It looks a little bigger in his shadow, but still hardly seemed worth the time he put in.

Tricolored Heron with Fish
Tricolored Heron with Fish

The school of small fish inched along, too.

Tricolored Heron on Bank
Tricolored Heron on Bank

The heron kept following, but got further from the water, for a different vantage point.

Tricolored Heron on Bank
Tricolored Heron on Bank

The bank is very steep and the late afternoon sun highlighted some interesting layers of color in the dirt.

Tricolored Heron on Bank
Tricolored Heron on Bank